First of all I must say that last night was amazing. The building is great and people there were so stylish that I can not get over it!
It was such a pleasure to hear the experience of people that got it right on the irish fashion industry. And absolutely inspiring to see how fashion fearless they are.
Opening the nigh Constance Harris mentioned a talk that she had with Jean Paul Gaultier ” Fashion is not fantasy is reality”, what I absolutely agree with. She also talked about the use of colors and mentioned that she was wearing black clothes because she needed a bit of strength to talk to us.
During her 7 minutes of talking she said so many smart things about recession/shopping and personal style but what really made me think was her last 30 seconds, she mentioned how important it is to people to honor their own fashion journeys because this is what make each person different.
Aoibheann MacNamara make her 7 minutes a pure joy making everybody laugh of her stories but she said something that I truly believe, personal style is made by your own experiences (on her -and mine- case, traveling is one of the biggest influences on her style). She also talked about about the necessity of people of styling their uniforms to express themselves, what is really interesting and completely true (look back to your school-era, no one wanted to use the uniform on the way it was supposed to be used!)
Ib Jorgensen entertained us all with all his histories as a designer and also made a statement saying that women should wear their personalities.
Straight after the interval Helen Steele an irish designer - that I adore – talked about her work and how she was inspired. Regarding the “ Fashion Fearless” theme she mentioned her daughter and how much she believes in not raising an alienated child. Sustainability and wearable art were also topics of her conversation.
Confidence and being different as an individual were Helen’s main points on “how to be fashion fearless”.
David McDermott enchanted everybody with his histories and amazing fraque. He started his talk saying that the blue jean destroyed fashion and later on explained that nowadays designers have to produce things that can be manufactured in big quantities and this is not possible when you want to do garments that are special.
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh got my attention not only because of her name (that i could barely read) but also because she is a costumer designer and this is a profession that I would love to have myself. She talked about how she ended up being a costumer designer and about opportunities in terms of internships.
Brendan Courtney was the last speaker of the night and he went a bit further on his history as a bullied child that after bleaching the hair, getting a cool jacket and changing school became one of the popular guys. He also showed me trough his fashion journey that you have to be highly honest about who you truly are to be confident.
As I mentioned before, last night was so inspirational, and I certainly can’t express all the knowledge I got by writing this post. But the one thing I have to say about this night is how much is enforced on my mind that self -knowledge and acceptance is the key for fashion fearlessness.